Sunday, July 28, 2019

JOHNNY NASH


So, when I was a younger kid, my cousins, Pumpkin and Booty, and I would watch countless, I mean countless, of 60's television programming for kids.  Ultraman, Spectreman, Space Giants you name it.  One of which was The Mighty Hercules. I don't remember much about the show per se, but what stuck out to me more than anything was its theme song.  Sure, there was Underdog's HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!! But, it didn't come close to the soothing and captivating sound of The Mighty Hercules' opening song.  It was recently, just a few weeks ago, (which is interesting that this song popped in my head after writing about Roy Hamilton), that I decided to YouTube the opening to The Mighty Hercules just curious about who sang it.  In the comments, the name Johnny Nash was mentioned as its singer.  So, I googled Nash's bio and was floored, and thrilled, when I saw that he was African-American. I can hear someone saying...you don't know who Johnny Nash is?
Born in Houston, John Lester Nash Jr., had already four pop albums in full circulation by the late 1950's.  The only non-Jamaican descent to record Reggae, he also enjoyed success as a screen actor winning an award for Louis S. Peterson's Take a Giant Step.  I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone (a song I actually do remember hearing on the radio as a kid. But I never placed the voice on the radio with the one who sang the Hercules theme) reached Number One on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1972.  So, now, I know.  Now, if I can stop singing the Hercules theme in the truck....HERCULES!!!!

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